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DALLAS (AP) Goaltender Marty Turco's time with the Dallas Stars is over.

General manager Joe Nieuwendyk said Tuesday that the Stars will not re-sign Turco, a three-time All-Star who just completed his ninth season with the team.

I just felt like it was time we went in a different direction, said Nieuwendyk, a former teammate of Turco's who became GM last summer. I think he clearly understands the situation.

Kari Lehtonen, acquired from Atlanta in February, will go into next season as the team's top goaltender.

The 34-year-old Turco just completed a $22.8 million, four-year contract he signed in January 2006 that kept him from becoming a free agent at the end of that season.

Turco holds the Stars franchise record with 509 games played as a goaltender, winning 262 games with a .911 save percentage and a 2.31 goals-against average. He had 40 shutouts.

In 2002-03, his first as the starting goalie, he set a modern NHL record with a 1.72 GAA, a mark that has since been broken.

Turco was 21-26 in the playoffs for the Stars, including four shutouts. Three of those shutouts came in one series, in the first round of the 2007 playoffs against Vancouver when he had a .952 save percentage. The Stars were still knocked out in seven games.

I want to thank Marty for 10 years of service here, Nieuwendyk said. He's a friend, he's been a terrific competitor and a fan favorite. He has a lot to be proud of.

In 53 games this season, Turco posted a 22-20-11 record. He had a .913 save percentage and 2.72 GAA.

The 26-year-old Lehtonen, a native of Finland, was coming back from two back surgeries and had not played this season when acquired by the Stars. He appeared in 12 games for Dallas with a .911 save percentage and 2.81 GAA.

Lehtonen was the second overall pick by Atlanta in the 2002 draft.

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